RICEngaged Symposium
April 9, 2021

Legacies of Racial Injustice in the 87th Texas Legislative Session:
Coming together for Conversation and Action 

April 9, 2021, 1 - 3:30 PM CT

If you weren't able to attend the event, you can watch it here: Full Event Recording

Legacies of structural racism underlie many current practices and policies, including those regarding policing, incarceration, voter registration and ballot access. Texas lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have proposed legislation for the 87th Texas State Legislature that would shape policies on these and other issues. 

This event will bring together Rice and Houston-area faculty, students, and campus and community partner organizational representatives for two moderated roundtable discussions on the historical salience and anticipated community impact of legislation around policing, incarceration, and voting being considered during the 87th Texas Legislature.

Event schedule:

1:00 - 2:00 PM - Voting and Ballot Access Roundtable
2:00 - 3:00 PM - Policing and Incarceration Roundtable
3:00 - 3:05 PM - Synthesis and Call to Action
3:05 - 3:35 PM - Take Action Fair

Voting and Ballot Access Roundtable 

Moderator: Jeff Reichman (January Advisors)
Matthew Hayes (Rice U)
Michael Adams (TSU)
Isabel Longoria (Harris County Elections Administrator)
Leslie Loredo (Rice U)
Anthony Collier (UT School of Law)
Cinde Weatherby (League of Women Voters) 

Policing and Incarceration Roundtable

Moderator: Nicole Waligora-Davis (Rice U)
Robert Werth (Rice U)
Howard Henderson (TSU)
Jay Jenkins (Texas Criminal Justice Coalition)
Elizabeth Henneke (Lone Star Justice Alliance)
Malaika Bergner (Rice U)
Christine Mompoint (HCC)

The roundtables will be followed by a 30 minute virtual “Take Action Fair” where community partner organization representatives will share opportunities to take action on proposed bills and get involved in related social justice advocacy and activism.
Click the following link to register for the Take Action Fair: Take Action Fair Registration Link


Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Phone: 713-348-2223
Fax: 713-348-5885
Email: ccl@rice.edu


Center for Civic Leadership
Rice Memorial Center, Room 208
6100 Main St. Houston, TX 77005